Mark Twain said that “ Humour is mankind’s greatest blessing “. He’s certainly not wrong .Infact , sense of humour is one of the most important life skill one should have.

What is a Humour ?

According to Wikipedia , “ Humour is the tendency of experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement “. Different person finds different things humourous according to their personal taste . For example , kids love watching cartoons because they find it amusing but when they grow up they starts enjoying TV Series , Pranks and Roasts. So, every person have different kind of humour according to their culture , age and maturity.

Advantages of a Good Sense Of Humour

Rick Warren said “ A sense of humour is God’s antidote for anger and frustration “. It’s absolutely true . A good sense of humour acts as an antidote if someone is feeling down or depressed.

Studies have shown that a person with good sense of humour possesses great confidence and a better leadership skills.

It leads to better control over anxiety and stress . Whenever something bad happens , you should have the ability to find funny side of that incident. By doing this you will not only reduce your anxiety and stress but you will also start looking at positivity of life leaving behind all the negativity.

It not only helps as a protective wall against depression. But also improves the overall qualities of life. Researches have shown that the people having a good rating of sense of humour have a better self-esteem, more positive affect, greater self-competency, more control over anxiety, and better social interaction than those who don’t.

Apart from improving your health, laughter can be a great productivity tool as well. A study revealed that the people having a good sense of humour tend to solve World Association puzzle quickly than the people who don’t.

Effect on health

It’s true that balanced diet and exercise are important for your heart but laughter is as important as these two factors.

Studies have shown that people with angry personality types have a higher risk of heart disease.

Laughter helps in reducing blood pressure which in turn reduces your risk for heart attack.

Laughter can be a great workout for those who don’t have time to go to gym or for walks.

According to research conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Centre laughing for 10-15 minutes burns between 10 and 40 calories.

A good laughter relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for a time span of 30-45 minutes.

Laughter decreases the stress hormones and increases immune cells. Thus, increasing your efficiency to fight a disease.

Sense of humour releases endorphin i.e. the body’s natural feel good chemical. It promotes the feeling of natural well-being and can temporarily relieve pain.

It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.

You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

Humour gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.

Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.

How to develop a good sense of humour?

Just Chill .You just have to present your point of view in a lighter way and don’t get mad when someone opposes your point of view.

Follow your friends or family members who have a good sense of humour. Just observe the way in which they deliver their point of view.

Watch various standup comedians and their delivery of thoughts. You will observe they always have a strong point of view. So always have a clear and strong point of view.

Do you know what’s common between all the world greatest comedians ?

They all are great observer. You don’t need a script or acting classes to be funny . Just observe around you and you will get a lot of material.

Timing. It’s all about timing my friend. The best way to explain this a quote by American rapper T.I.

“ I think in comedy , timing is everything. You and I could tell the same joke , but if one of our timing is off , it won’t be as funny . You’ve gotta know when to deliver your punch-lines.”

Yes, we know life can be a lot serious at times. But always try to find a funny side of almost everything you go through. It will not only help you increase your sense of humour but also it will give you the strength and a feeling that this all is happening for a limited period of time and it won’t be lasting long.

DON’T GIVE UP. You cannot become an overnight comedian with all your new one liners. You have to be patient and wait for the right moment to seize the limelight. And boom, you will rock.

One of the most important things is that you should know the difference between being funny and being mean. Remember that you are not doing this because you want to hurt people, you want to make them laugh and that is it. Keep your jokes in that limit where people do not get offended. You should make everyone laugh but not at the cost of hurting someone’s sentiments.

My last advice to you is practice. My dear friend, humour and comedy is all about the delivery and timing. If it is not good, your jokes won’t even get noticed. So, how will you perfect this? By doing practice. Keep practicing.